Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Farming

Kyle A. Hoy, Irene M. Xiarchos, Timothy W. Kelsey, Kathryn J. Brasier, Leland L. Glenna

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Abstract

We study changes in farming in the Marcellus region associated with unconventional natural gas drilling activity. Due to concerns raised by the popular press, we consider 18 different county-level agricultural variables. While we find no significant changes in the number of farms or land in farms in drilling counties relative to non-drilling counties, there is an increase in median farm sizes, indicating potential consolidation in drilling counties. Despite anecdotal evidence suggesting a transition away from dairy farming to either beef or hay production, we find no support for this at the county level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-664
Number of pages31
JournalAgricultural and Resource Economics Review
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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In: Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, 01.12.2018, p. 634-664.

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